Some worried about loss of trees in WWII memorial

(Kokomo Tribune Photo/Kelly Lafferty)

PERU, Ind. (AP) — Some residents of a northern Indiana city are worried that a planned bridge rehab project will mean the loss of some sycamore trees planted in the 1950s to honor World War II veterans.

More than 30 of the white-barked trees line both sides of Business U.S. 31 just south of the Wabash River in Peru.

Resident Julene Bowen tells the Kokomo Tribune the trees are a unique tribute to the service of war veterans such as her father.

The Miami County engineer says it isn’t clear yet how many trees will have to be cut down for the overhaul of the bridge over a small creek in the midst of the sycamores. He says that work is expected to be done next year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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